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  1. Eighty potential buyers for British Steel
  2. New appeal over man found dead on Cleethorpes beach
  3. Mum of Marine who shot himself urges mental health honesty
  4. Urgent search for missing Lincolnshire man
  5. Vandalism hits Lincoln Central-Doncaster rail services
  6. 'Gutted': Lead theft adds to church's repair bill woes
  7. Skegness Tower Gardens transformation under way
  8. Live updates on Tuesday 28 May 2019

Live Reporting

By Lynsey Bradford

All times stated are UK

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  1. Cash boost means search is on for new police officers

    About 30 new officers are being recruited by Lincolnshire Police after the force secured an extra £1.8m.

    Recruits on parade

    The extra money has come from the Home Office and will also be used to fund more Community Support Officers.

    After raising the police council tax precept and by using its reserves, the Lincolnshire force now says it has an extra £2.5m in its budget.

    Marc Jones, Lincolnshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, says even more money could yet be secured.

    He says: "We're still at the point of trying to make efficiency savings to meet the full target, but equally I've got the opportunity to bid for further grants.

    "So, I'm still hopeful that we'll bring in more money than the savings we're having to make to balance the books."

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    Video caption: Passing man saves drowning deer from Lincolnshire canal
  3. Series of road closures to allow bypass works

    There will be a series of road closures in Lincoln over the next 12 weeks as part of the Lincoln Eastern Bypass Project.

    Lincolnshire County Council logo

    Hawthorne Road will be closed for three weeks from 24 June to allow for utilities diversion along the road.,

    Lincoln Road will be closed for 12 weekends between 21 June and 16 September to allow contractors to carry out earthworks, kerbing, street lighting and other essential construction works.

    The 7.5km Lincoln Eastern Bypass project is part-funded by a £50m Central Government capital grant and will improve Lincoln’s infrastructure, encourage growth, minimise traffic congestion and enhance the inter-city environment.

  4. Do you recognise this man?

    Lincolnshire Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to identify in connection with several incidents of criminal damage.

    CCTV image if man

    On three separate occasions the University of Lincoln’s ‘Ground Lab’ has been damaged with graffiti.

    The lab is located on the junction of Hermit Street and Portland Street in Lincoln.

    The three incidents took place on 5, 11 and 27 February.

    The man

    Anyone with information should contact the police.

  5. Conservatives look for new candidate after Boles quits

    Conservatives in Grantham and Stamford have started looking for a new general election candidate after Nick Boles quit the party over Brexit.

    Nick Boles

    Mr Boles left the party in April and later announced that he won't stand again in the constituency. Some party members had called for his deselection.

    Philip Sagar, vice president of the Grantham and Stamford Conservative Association said it will choose someone who'll work to deliver Brexit.

    He said: "What is important is that we get the right candidate, someone who is a true Conservative who will respect the referendum result, and someone who will be proud to live and be seen in the area a lot more than our previous candidates have in the past."

  6. Former newspaper headquarters could make way for housing

    Developers want to demolish the former headquarters of a local Sleaford newspaper to make way for housing.

    The offices

    Applicant JCO Developments has applied to North Kesteven District Council to build six houses on the site at 28-30 Handley Street, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said.

    The building was formerly the base for the Sleaford Standard, which left the premises and moved into the Sleaford Station Business Centre in June 2013.

    The building has stood empty since. The Sleaford Standard was founded in 1924.

  7. Flying Scotsman flies through Lincolnshire

    The famous Flying Scotsman steam locomotive passed through Lincolnshire today.

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    Video caption: The famous Flying Scotsman locomotive arrives in Saxilby.

    It went through the south of the county and stopped off at Saxilby for water before heading through Sleaford and Spalding.

    The locomotive was built in Doncaster becoming the first locomotive of the newly formed London and North Eastern Railway (LNER). It left the works on 24 February 1923 with number 1472.

    In 1934, it was clocked at 100mph on a special test run – officially the first locomotive in the UK to have reached that speed.

    It is now touring the UK as a working museum exhibit.

  8. Man jumped into water to save deer

    A Gainsborough man who jumped into a waterway to save a deer from drowning has said he was running on adrenaline.

    A deer

    Marc Headon stripped down to his underwear and socks before swimming out to the struggling animal in the Fossdyke, near Saxilby, over the Bank Holiday weekend.

    He said: "I'm a good strong swimmer and my adrenaline was going so I was OK. I was trying to keep the thing alive so I didn't even think for a while, I was trying to keep it safe.

    "It was a happy ending. I rang The Wildlife Trust a couple of hours later and they said they had let it go back into the wild, and that it was walking by itself and its ears were back up and that it was fine.

    "They said I saved its life and it made me feel good."

  9. Man admits stealing items from band hall

    A man has admitted stealing cash and car keys from members of a brass band while they were performing at Grimsby Central Hall.

    Grimsby Central Hall

    Personal items including purses, bank cards and cash were stolen from the venue on Duncombe Street on 12 May.

    A set of car keys were also stolen which led to the theft of a high-value Mercedes car.

    According the the Grimsby Central Hall website Cleethorpes Brass Band were performing a movie music matinee at the venue on that date.

    Christian Willoughby, 37, of Salacon Way, Grimsby, pleaded guilty at Grimsby Magistrates' Court to one count of burglary, three counts of theft, two counts of fraud and one of stealing a car. He also pleaded guilty to driving a car without a valid licence and without insurance.

    He will be sentenced at Grimsby Crown Court on 21 June.

  10. Motorists advised to avoid A180 following collision

    Motorists are being advised to avoid the A180 from Brocklesby (A160) to Barnetby Top.

    It follows a collision involving a lorry.

    The road is closed and vehicle recovery is ongoing, police say:

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  11. Mum of Marine who shot himself urges mental health honesty

    The mother of a Royal Marine who shot himself after his relationship with his girlfriend broke down is encouraging service personnel to speak more openly about their mental health.

    James Holloway

    James Holloway, 25, from Billingborough, Lincolnshire, was found dead on a Navy ship in Dubai in 2017.

    An inquest heard he died from a single gunshot wound to the head from his Heckler and Koch assault rifle.

    His mother, Amanda Gray, said despite having a very close relationship with her son she didn't realise how much he was suffering.

    Quote Message: I knew my son and I was extremely close to him, but James was extremely good at not wanting anybody else to be upset or hurt by anything that hurt him." from Amanda Gray
    Amanda Gray

    The Ministry of Defence say anyone suffering with mental health issues is treated by a dedicated service and there is a 24/7 helpline so personnel always have somewhere to turn in times of crisis.

  12. Police chief welcomes free 101 non-emergency number

    Lincolnshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has described the decision to scrap charges for calling the 101 police non-emergency number as "superb news".

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    Marc Jones said it was "wrong" to charge 15p to report a crime, provide information or highlight abuse.

    The Home Office has announced that it will scrap the charge from April 2020 and spend £5m a year to fund the phone service in the UK.

  13. Urgent search for missing Lincolnshire man

    Police are urgently trying to find a missing 39-year-old Lincolnshire man who has not been seen for more than a week.

    Lee Blendell

    Lee Blendell, from Lincoln, has been missing since 19 May.

    Officers from Lincolnshire Police say they are concerned for his welfare and are urgently trying to find him.

    Mr Blendell is described as wearing glasses, and may be wearing a beige jacket and a flat cap.

    It is believed he may have travelled to Louth.

    Anyone with information should contact police.

  14. Skegness Tower Gardens transformation under way

    Construction work at the much-loved Tower Gardens park in Skegness is due to get under way later today.

    Artist impression

    After standing derelict for 10 years, the Victorian park’s former Tower Gardens pavilion was demolished earlier this year to make way for the £1.5m scheme.

    It will include a new community building and hall, cafe, community meeting area and changing places toilet.

    The surrounding area is also going to be lined with trees with the aim of opening it up to the nearby gardens.

    The revitalisation of the 140-year-old pavilion has been under discussion for decades.

    In April 2019, the pavilion and surrounding land were transferred to Skegness Town Council, and planning permission was obtained for a new building.

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    Severe accident: A180 Lincolnshire westbound

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    A180 Lincolnshire westbound severe accident, from A160 to M180 J5.

    A180 Lincolnshire - A180 closed and stationary traffic westbound from Brocklesby Interchange in Habrough to Barnetby Top in Barnetby, because of an accident involving lorry.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  16. New appeal over Leeds man found dead on Cleethorpes beach

    A fresh appeal for information has been issued after a man from Leeds was found dead on a beach in Lincolnshire earlier this month.

    Gary SImpson

    Gary Simpson, 49, was found on the beach at Cleethorpes on Friday 17 May.

    Mr Simpson was last seen at his rented accommodation on Strathmore Court in New Waltham at about midnight on Wednesday 15 May.

    Gary Simpson

    Police say they are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen Mr Simpson between these times.

    He was last wearing a dark blue Adidas t-shirt, dark blue jeans and black Adidas Samba trainers with three white stripes on each side.

    He may have also been wearing a khaki green Nike tracksuit jacket with dark patches on the shoulders.

    Specialist officers are supporting Mr Simpson’s family, according to Humberside Police.

  17. Watch: Tuesday's weather forecast

    Owain Wyn Evans

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    There will be some bright intervals today, but there will be a risk of showers too.

    Watch my forecast here:

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    Video caption: There will be some bright intervals today, but there will be a risk of showers too.
  18. 'Gutted': Lead theft adds to church's repair bill woes

    Tens of thousands of pounds' worth of lead has been stolen from the roof of a village church in Lincolnshire.

    St Swithun's Church, Bicker

    St. Swithun's, in Bicker, near Boston, was already raising money and seeking a Heritage Lottery grant for its leaking roof, when thieves stole lead from part of the roof which didn't need repairs.

    Now the church's congregation needs to find even more cash to continue the original repairs and also to fund new repairs due to the lead theft.

    Church council member Pat Benjamin says everyone is "gutted".

    "We've been raising money for the last 12 to 18 months. Now they've taken the good lead," says Mr Benjamin.

    "It feels like they've stolen from the whole village and community - not just the churchgoers."

  19. Train delays after railway equipment vandalism

    Passengers intending to use some rail services in South Yorkshire, East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire are being warned to expect delays.

    Conisbrough station sign

    Vandalism of railway equipment at Conisbrough means fewer trains are currently able to run between Sheffield and Doncaster, meaning delays, changes and cancellations are expected.

    Services between Sheffield and Adwick/Hull/Bridlington and between Lincoln Central and Doncaster are affected.

    TransPennine Express services between Manchester Airport and Cleethorpes are also affected.

    Problems are currently expected until at least 10:00, according to National Rail Enquiries.